PCPS George Willie Ethnically Diverse Student Scholarship & Internship

Amount: Up to $10,000

Number of Recipients: 10
Sponsor: By AICPA’s Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS)

Open Date: Feb 07, 2022
Close Date: Apr 30, 2022
Close Time: 3 p.m.

Timezone: US/Eastern

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Program Overview

AICPA|PCPS will award up to $10K per awarded recipient for the final year of tuition towards an accounting degree. Funds are paid directly to the school prior to each semester. Selected applicants will also participate in a busy season internship (Jan-April 2023) with one of the following cosponsoring firms:

Program Background

George Willie, managing partner at Bert Smith & Co., is a former chair of the PCPS Executive Committee and the AICPA Minority Initiatives Committee.

Throughout his more than 35 years working in public accounting, George has tirelessly promoted the benefits of an accounting career. He has constantly supported high school and college students, as well as young professionals in pursuit of the CPA designation. 

George is a significant contributor to the academic activities of the student members of National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and the Institute of the Caribbean, is a leading supporter of Howard University School of Business, has established an endowment fund for high-achieving minority students pursuing degrees in accounting at the American University Kogod School of Business, and is a prominent supporter of the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies. 

George has also been recognized as NABA’s Outstanding Accounting Leader, has received NABA’s National Achievement Award in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement in Public Accounting and the Diversity and Inclusion Award by the Michigan Association of CPAs. In addition, he’s been recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of both Howard University and American University, was recipient of the 2015 Caribbean Luminary Award, and was elected as an Honorary Councilor of National Council of the Philippine American Canadian Accountants, to name a few.

It is our privilege to award scholarships in George’s honor to ethnically diverse students in pursuit of an accounting degree. 

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Eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Plan to pursue the CPA credential
  • Minority student of Black or African American; Hispanic or Latino; Native American  or Alaska Native; Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander; Multiethnic or Asian American
  • Enrolled on a full-time basis and plan to remain enrolled full-time for the upcoming academic year 
  • Completed at least 120 hours of course work and have 30 hours or fewer of upper-level accounting courses remaining prior to the upcoming academic year (working toward completing the 150-hour credit requirement for CPA licensure)
  • Availability for an internship during the 2023 busy season (January – April)
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident (green card holder)
  • Be an AICPA Student Affiliate member (or have submitted a new member application). Apply online at no cost:

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